Summer Clutch with Faber Castell

Summer Clutch

Clutch Close-Up

Summer Clutch for Beach 2

Summer Clutch for Beach 1

Summer is speeding by this year for me. We are in the process of selling our home in Southern California and buying a new one in the Pacific Northwest. Needless to say, that means no vacation for us this year. But the years I do on vacation, I am always challenged about the number of handbags I should pack. It feels like such a waste of valuable suitcase space! With that problem in mind, I created this fun clutch for the Design Memory Craft blog a few weeks ago. It easily goes from beach to a night out. You can get the full tutorial here.

What's the most challenging item for you to pack when you are going on vacation? Leave a message in the comments. Maybe I'll have a crafty solution for you!

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Girls’ Craft Night

Deflecto Beauty Shot-Final

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Hand Lettering (for cheaters)

Joy(ful) Wall Art 1

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Happy 4th of July

July 4th Bike Basket Beauty Shot

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America the Beautiful Plant Stake

July 4th Patriotic Plant Stake

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Crayon Caddy

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Summer & Pillowcases

Liv with pillowcase

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Peonies Painting

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Make a Sunflower Wreath

Sunflower Wreath Beauty Shot

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